Toby Jones, Vicky McClure to star in BBC1’s The Secret Agent

Cast announced for Tony Marchant drama!

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BBC One has confirmed the cast for Tony Marchant‘s (The Mark Of Cain, Garrow’s Law) new adaptation of the classic Joseph Conrad thriller, The Secret Agent.

The three-part drama, produced by World Productions, will star Toby Jones (Marvellous, The Girl), Vicky McClure (Line Of Duty, This Is England) and Stephen Graham (Accused, This Is England).

The Secret Agent sees Jones play Verloc, whose seedy Soho shop hides his role as an agent of the Russian Embassy, spying on a group of London anarchists.

Furious that Britain tolerates violent extremists, the Russians want Verloc to provoke a bomb outrage that will trigger a government crackdown. Caught between the Russians and the British police, Verloc drags his unsuspecting family into a tragic terror plot.

Toby comments: “I am both excited and intrigued by the challenge of playing Verloc, the eponymous hero of Conrad’s startlingly relevant novel The Secret Agent.”

McClure will play Verloc’s previously loyal wife, Winnie and Stephen Graham as Verloc’s adversary Chief Inspector Heat, and Ian Hart (Boardwalk Empire, The Driver) as the dangerously unpredictable Professor.

Vicky says: “I’m so excited to play the part of Winnie. It’s an incredible script. And delighted to work with Toby Jones – I’ve always been a huge fan of his.”

Stephen adds: “I am really excited to be a part of this project with some fantastic actors and an amazing director.”

Writer Tony Marchant adds: “I can’t think of any actors better suited to delivering the modernity and authenticity of Conrad’s work to the screen.”

The cast also features Tom Goodman-Hill (Humans, Mr Selfridge) as Heat’s boss, Assistant Commissioner Stone and David Dawson (Ripper Street, Peaky Blinders) plays Verloc’s Russian handler, Vladimir. The anarchists include Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (Love/Hate, Becoming Jane) as Michaelis and Raphael Acloque (The Ivory Year, Pushaway) as Ossipon.

Filming of The Secret Agent commences this month (September 2015).